Discussion in 'Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure Forums' started by ChrisFL, Apr 8, 2010.
Lol........yes, not much use to us away from Potter.......
Maybe not that specific one, but if you want to turn your TV on with a Harry Potter wand, that's quite possible: https://www.harrypotterplatform934.com/products/harry-potter-remote-control-wand
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I have seen that before.. but I would probably end up setting off car alarms instead of turning on the TV.. I think I am more Ron Weasley than Hermione....
I'm new here and I just want to ask if ALL of the Potter attractions can be walked through without going on the roller coaster parts? I am NOT a fan of coasters but it's been a great debate to visit Universal because it's (in my eyes) just a coaster park and tickets are just too expensive for a park I can do nothing in. I really want to see the Potter World but not if I can't actually see it (if you get my drift). :/
I've read that you can go through the Castle without doing the ride, but what about Gringotts and ...I think there's one or two more. ?
Yes you can walk through without going on anything.
You do know Potter is in both parks, if you want to see both Hogsmeade and Diagonal Alley you'll need a park to park ticket. Just wanted to check as some folks miss that part.
Yes, thank you for checking, that is nice of you. I did know; in fact we believe it's the reason they split the HP attractions.
It is nice for the Potter fans the HE/train ride, connects you directly to the other park
Keeps you in the Potter frame of mind
You can spend the day just enjoying Potter and nothing else
You will notice there are many fans in those two sections
Many in robes and Potter garb with their wands
You will be immersed with it all!
I don't know if you would be touring solo or with a party, but the process would be about the same either way. For instance, Forbidden Journey: 1) Solo: just ask for the castle tour. If the castle tour is not open, then just go through the regular line and ask for the exit at the ride load-in. 2) With a party you can all go through the castle tour or all go through the regular line, and if some want to ride, they can, and the rest can ask for the exit. It is absolutely no problem to ask for the exit (or child swap if you want to wait beside the ride loading/loadout). It really is super easy and no issue whatsoever to see the sights and not ride.
DW and I are not really interested in riding the rides (other than the train in both directions), but we want to just experience the whole area. How much time should we allocate and do we need to arrive first thing in the AM?
HE (train) opens at 9:00 am
If you went for EE, line for HE starts having lines begin about 8:30 some mornings
But, I told does not leave until close to 9:00
My family and I are leaving in about 10 days for our vacation in Florida and we will be spending a day of it at Universal so my son can experience Harry Potter. My son really wants to get a wand and I need some 411 on the best way to make that happen and any links or tips anyone can give so my 12 year old son can truly experience Harry Potter in a single day. We will be spending the majority of our time devoted to all things Harry Potter so any help would be great.
Check out the park maps so you know where everything is.
Are you doing park to park? If not you won't be able to ride the Hogwarts Express and Potter is in both parks, Hogsmeade is in IOA and Diagon Alley is in The Studios.
There are more wand rooms in Diagonal Alley, there's only one in Hogsmeade, and it gets incredibly busy.
Scott check out the merch that is sold online
You can see pics of all types of wands and have a better idea which to choose before you reach the parks
If you want to hit HP
Sections only do what schumi has suggested
For more personal insight to the Potter sections, read the trip reports how others shared their time doing only Potter
Thank you!! By the way we are doing both parks in one day so my son can experience train ride.
What is NOT open in WWoHP during early park admission? I know the WWoHP rides are open, but what about shops and eateries?
They are open
Train ride opens and runs once other park is open
How expensive are the wands in wizarding world?
Their website store lists them as 49.95 before tax. (Not sure if they tare the same price in the parks, we bought ours when they first came out & just bring them back every year.)
That's the electronic wands I think, the regular prop-replica character wands are cheaper. I seem to remember around $35 for the ones in the basic Ollivander's box (not the collector's boxes) but that was a few years ago. It's cheaper to buy direct from the producers (www.noblecollection.com) or Amazon, but not as much fun for the kids of course!
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